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Definition of "separate" [sep•a•rate]

  • To set or keep apart; disunite. (verb-transitive)
  • To space apart; scatter: small farms that were separated one from another by miles of open land. (verb-transitive)
  • To sort: separate mail by postal zones. (verb-transitive)
  • To differentiate or discriminate between; distinguish: a researcher who separated the various ethnic components of the population sample. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove from a mixture or combination; isolate. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "separate" in a sentence
  • "In connection with this fracture, reference must be made to a condition frequently met with, in which the epiphysial portion of the acromion is found to be separate from the body of the process -- _separate acromion_."
  • ""He was holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners:" not _separate_ in the sense of not eating and drinking with them, of not associating and conversing with them; but separate in the sense that he was not, like them, a transgressor of the law of"
  • "Purchas having considered some of the ships belonging to _single_ adventurers or subscriptions, which made separate voyages or parts of voyages, as _separate_ adventures."